Seminar on Peace and Global Civil Society

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Registration

Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of International Higher Education in Peacebuilding

May 27-28, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

The higher education community often finds itself in the midst of conflict as either target or as mediator. What roles should faculty, staff, and administrators play in alleviating conflict? What responsibilities do they have, and what actions can be taken to build sustainable peace?

The NAFSA Seminar on Peace & Global Civil Society brings together international educators with scholars and practitioners of peacebuilding. This NAFSA Signature Program will feature powerful stories and examples of how higher education communities around the world have taken – and are taking on – the peacebuilding role, and have worked together across political and national boundaries to build peace and rebuild societies.

From promoting dialogue in Northern Ireland that diminishes internecine conflict, to countering violent extremism in Iraq and rebuilding a sustainable economy in Colombia. Participants will engage with experts on peacebuilding and conflict resolution, exploring how these agents of change in the international higher education sector have learned how to offer resources to promote social justice and heal trauma, develop safes spaces for dialogue, and provide education that helps end conflict.

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Sunday, May 27
5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Welcome Reception and Networking
6:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Welcome and Overview
Elizabeth Worden, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education, American University
6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Opening Keynote
Peter Coleman, PhD, Director, Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution; Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4), Professor of Psychology and Education, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
7:45 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conclusion of Evening
Monday, May 28
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Elizabeth Worden, PhD

Part One: Case Studies

9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Case Study: Northern Ireland
  • Brandon Hamber, PhD, John Hume & Thomas P. O'Neill Chair, International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Ulster University
  • Tony Gallagher, PhD, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work; Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice; Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Elizabeth Worden, PhD
9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Case Study: Colombia
Representatives: Republic of Colombia
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Case Study: Iraq
  • Obay al-Dewachi, PhD, President, University of Mosul
  • Fouad Kasim Mohammad, BVMS, MS, PhD, Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Ministry Deputy for Scientific Research Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research
  • Lori Mason, EdD, Senior Technical Advisor, US–Iraq Higher Education Partnerships Program, Iraq University Linkages Program, IREX
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Global Perspective on Actions to Promote Peace
Brandon Hamber, PhD
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch

Part Two: Strategies & Complications: Unpacking Action

1:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Introduction and Overview of Part Two
  • Moderator: Thomas Hill, PhD, Director, Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education; Clinical Associate Professor, Global Affairs, New York University
  • Elizabeth Worden, PhD
1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Panel 1: Dialogue

Facilitated Discussion
  • Moderator: Thomas Hill, PhD, Director, Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education; Clinical Associate Professor, Global Affairs, New York University
  • Elizabeth Worden, PhD
2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Panel 2: Countering Violent Extremist Ideologies

Facilitated Discussion
  • Moderator: Thomas Hill, PhD
  • Tony Gallagher, PhD
  • Lori Mason, EdD
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Panel 3: Providing Education & Training

Facilitated Discussion
  • Moderator: Thomas Hill, PhD
  • Tony Gallagher, PhD
  • Lori Mason, EdD
3:45 p.m.-4:30p.m. Panel 4: Policies & Politics

Facilitated Discussion
  • Moderator: Thomas Hill, PhD
  • Tony Gallagher, PhD
  • Fouad Kasim Mohammad, BVMS, MS, PhD
  • Obay al-Dewachi, PhD
4:30p.m.-4:45 p.m. Facilitated Discussion: Next Steps on Campus & In Your Community
Moderator: Thomas Hill, PhD
4:30p.m.-4:45 p.m. Summary and Conclusion
Elizabeth Worden, PhD

NAFSA thanks Teachers College, Columbia University; International Students and Scholars Office/Columbia University; and New York University, Office of Global Services for their generous support of this event. NAFSA also thanks Queen's University Belfast for providing a travel grant for this event.

History of the Event

NAFSA believes international education is a powerful tool to create understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, build leadership for the global community, and serve as a crucial means of developing an interconnected world. The annual NAFSA Seminar on Peace and Global Civil Society is a NAFSA Signature Program that brings together scholars and practitioners in peacebuilding with international educators, providing international educators with the opportunity to engage in global learning and incorporate the ideals, theories, and practices of peacebuilding into educational programming with the goal of promoting a more peaceable global civil society.

The seminar was originally named after Ron Moffatt, a past NAFSA president who was a tireless campaigner for peace and justice education through international education and advocate for international education as a peacebuilding enterprise.

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